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Metal Side Tables – SOLD

5 Feb

Pair of metal side tables

Pair of metal side tables

I think it’s likely that these metal side tables were handmade by somebody at some point in the late 1960s or early ’70s. The tables are slightly different sizes, which would be unusual if they were commercially produced, and they have standard kitchen tiles as table-tops, which I think would probably also be unusual for something that was mass produced. They’ve definitely seen a lot of use over the years – the tiles have plenty of scratches and few slight chips here and there. I don’t think that the damage is that noticeable though – I’d still be happy to have them on my balcony, and if it really bothers you it probably wouldn’t be that difficult, or cost that much, to replace the tiles.

Dimensions: Black table – 43cm tall x 31cm wide; Blue table – 45cm tall x 31cm wide

Price: R230 each

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Retro Armchairs

31 Jan

Pair of retro armchairs

Pair of retro armchairs

I’m selling these chairs on behalf of a friend, but anyone who knows me knows that I’m a wee bit fussy about what I put on my blog, so even though they’re not mine I still think they’re fabulous! Although you need a bit of imagination to see how cool they could be – the upholstery could do with a revamp and the small wooden legs a bit of oil, but these chairs have great ‘bones’ and would look fantastic with a bit of TLC! I have two similar armchairs in my cottage and they’ve been my pride and joy for years, so I know that the person who’s lucky enough to nab this pair is going to be very happy indeed!

Please get in touch with Dean if you’re interested in buying the chairs or have any questions: deanmaber@gmail.com

Price: R500 each

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Extendable Dining Room Table – SOLD

24 Jan

Extendable dining room table

Extendable dining room table

I’m really finding it very hard to part with this rerto dining room table! It’s been in our dining room for the past week, and I must have asked poor Justin at least ten times whether he thought we should keep it! But you really can only have one table in your dining room and we happen to have quite a beautiful art deco table already! The thing is I just love the lines of this extendable table – it’s so simple, but so striking. It’s also in pretty good nick for its years – there’s a patch of veneer missing from the underside of the one corner, a few light scratches and some very minor bubbling, but on the whole it’s in great condition. And in addition to be super-good looking it’s also practical. The middle portion of the table folds away if you have limited space, or opens up to create a nice long table for when the family comes to visit.

Dimensions: 76cm tall x 91cm wide x 167cm long (215cm long when fully extended)

P.S. Doesn’t this table look very similar to this 1960s Danish table?

Price: R1500

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Fibreglass Pool Loungers

21 Jan

Pair of fibreglass pool loungers

Pair of fibreglass pool loungers

I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for this style of outdoor furniture – even as a kid I loved the fibreglass pool loungers at the holiday spot we used to go to as a family. In fact I like them so much that when I grew up and got my own pool I hunted one of these loungers down, and have since spent many a happy hour lazing by the pool reading a book. I also have a double seater fibreglass chair on our balcony, and another in the garden – I really am a big fan! But prior to buying this pair of blue loungers I’d never done any research on the design – and more importantly never seen the stupidly crazy prices that these chairs sell for overseas. There are a few for around the $300 mark, but someone in the States is reproducing them and selling them for nearly $2000! Absolute madness!

While they are very, very cool, I don’t think that they’re worth quite that money – especially this pair that are a bit worse for wear. For starters the one chair has obviously seen a lot more sun than the other and is quite faded and matte compared to its partner. It also has two cracks near the end of the foot rest, which apparently can be repaired, although I’m not sure how. The other lounger is in much better nick, although it also has a few scuff marks and one minor crack, but nothing too serious. But at the end of the day both loungers are still useable, and will not only provide a great place to wile away the hours, but will also add a certain Hollywood glamour to your entertainment area – and you won’t have to pay $2000 to get the look!

Dimensions:  Each lounger measures 175cm long x 58cm wide

Price: R650 & R450 (selling as a pair for R1100)

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Vintage Shop Counter – SOLD

20 Jan

Vintage shop counter

Vintage shop counter

I’ve been eyeing out this vintage shop counter for a good couple of years! It belonged to friends of mine who had a rather grand house, and it sat at the top of their stairs on the landing. I mentioned to them in passing once that should they ever want to sell it that they should contact me, which is exactly what they did when they decided to move to CPT at the end of last year. Isn’t it just wonderful?! Originally a haberdashery counter, this cabinet could be used for anything really. Another friend of mine (and very talented carpenter and designer), Xavier Clarrise, has one as his kitchen island and it works beautifully! You could also use it as a sideboard in your lounge or dining room, or as a cupboard in your bedroom, if you’re lucky enough to have the space!

Sadly though, over the years the glass top has become very scratched, which bothers me a little. It could be replaced, although it wouldn’t be cheap as the glass needs to be thick to support whatever you put on top of it. A Mint customer came past the house on Friday and was admiring the counter when I mentioned the scratches to her – they didn’t bother her at all – she said they were part of the patina of the piece, which is a really nice way of looking at it (thanks Billi!). Aside from the scratches, the back of the cabinet (the part that would have faced customers) could also do with a sand and a varnish, and there’s one piece of glass missing from the one drawer, but that’s easy enough to sort out. The rest of the shop counter is in pretty much the condition which you’d expect for its age, which I’d guess to be around 60-70 years old. This is a really special, and pretty hard to come by, piece of furniture that deserves to be given pride of place in someones’ home!

Note: This is a large cabinet, so please pay attention to the dimensions below!

Dimensions:  1.83m wide x 61cm deep x 81cm tall

Price: R2950

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Retro Dining Room Chairs – SOLD

15 Jan

Set of 6 retro wood & vinyl dining room chairs

Set of 6 retro wood & vinyl dining room chairs

It’s not often that I come across a complete set of dining room chairs, in fact I can’t remember the last time I did – if I ever actually have! There’s no maker’s mark on any of the chairs that I can see, but I think a good guess would be Frystark, who made a lot of the retro wooden furniture that we see in SA – although I really wouldn’t be able to say with any degree of certainty. The chairs are in reasonably good nick, with only a few scratches here and there, and it looks like the vinyl has been replaced at some point. The upholsterers have done a decent enough job though, so there’s nothing glaringly out of place. I really like the curved back support, but it’s the angles of the sides of the chairs that really make them stand out from the crowd.

A great set that I would be delighted to hold onto (don’t think that I haven’t been trying them out round my dining room table – they don’t look too shabby at all!).

Dimensions: 78cm tall x 49cm wide x 47cm deep

Price: R400 each (selling as a set for R2400)

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